Young’s vote for President Trump’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act threatens 1.2 million Iowans and 343,000 of his constituents with pre-existing conditions
For Immediate Release: May 4, 2017
Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0530
DES MOINES — Congressman David Young today voted for President Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act provisions that protect more than 1.2 million Iowans, including 343,000 of his constituents with pre-existing medical conditions. Young’s vote in favor comes one day after constituents were reportedly told he would be opposed.
Young justified his vote after supporting an amendment described by the Washington Post as a ‘total scam’ and despite its addition the AHCA “still guts protections for people with preexisting conditions and rolls back health coverage for millions and millions of poor people.” Today’s vote occurred despite no concrete idea of the cost of the legislation, typically provided by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
“Congressman Young’s vote for President Trump’s health care scam is a defining moment,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “Young will be remembered for threatening the health coverage of 1.2 million Iowans and 343,000 of his own constituents with pre-existing medical conditions. Young will be remembered for voting for a return to the days when being a sexual assault survivor means you can’t get health coverage. Young will be remembered for voting on legislation with no idea how much it will cost. And he’ll be remembered for telling his constituents one thing on Wednesday, and voting a different way Thursday.”
Congressmen Rod Blum and Steve King also voted in favor of the AHCA, which narrowly passed on a vote of 217-213, and now moves to the U.S. Senate for further consideration.
Republicans just hatched a last-ditch strategy to destroy Obamacare. It’s a total scam.
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